By Mark Forrest, general manager, Trimble Field Service Management, www.trimble.com/fsm
Take a look at the numbers — a lack of real-time visibility into your field operations will cost you.
Gaining real-time insight into what is happening in the field is crucial to delivering high levels of service excellence. As business leaders monitor how their workers are performing, they are also exploring new and costeffective ways to enhance productivity and initiate strategies to ensure that the organization continues to deliver service excellence.
Few managers realize how much an underperforming worker can affect service excellence as well as cost a company thousands of dollars a month by jeopardizing task completion or by making it necessary to return to customer sites to resolve inadequate work. This creates a ripple effect of reduced revenue, increased expenses, and unhappy customers.
Embracing technology that provides real-time visibility into the best and worst performers makes it possible to stop the ripple. Aberdeen Group found that best-inclass field service organizations leveraging workforce management tools complete nearly 10 percent more work orders each day and are 2.5 percent more profitable than average performers.
The Numbers Don't Lie:
Poor Performers Are Frighteningly Expensive
According to Aberdeen Group, one of every four
service calls requires a follow-up visit, costing an
additional $200 to $300 per truck-roll. If this happens
10 times a week, it adds up to $3,000. In addition, if
the additional truck-rolls require 10 hours of overtime,
that comes to $360 a week for a mobile worker
earning $50,000 annually. Multiply that by five or
six workers, and your monthly overtime costs are
Similarly, companies not meeting a 50 percent
first-time fix rate and requiring a return visit reported
revenues dropping by nearly 3 percent. If a service
call generates $500 in revenue, and excessive
callbacks reduce service by just five calls per week,
that's $2,500 in unrealized income. Advanced
technologies such as workforce management and
its performance-management capabilities enable
business leaders to rectify these inefficiencies by
leveraging detailed metrics to make informed decisions
about in-day schedule changes, unexpected
tasks, or tasks in danger of being missed. The result
is an increase in productivity, making it possible for
them to complete more jobs per day without compromising
quality, thus building customer loyalty
Real-Time Visibility Gives
You Back The Power
Another benefit of deploying the right technology is
that it provides real-time visibility into mobile operations,
so you gain insight into how many appointments
your workers have met, how many have been missed,
and which ones aren't resolved to the customer's satisfaction.
You can access such critical data as the length
of time each worker spends at the customer site and
overall staff utilization. Detailed graphs and reports of
these metrics make it easy to monitor the amount of
time it's taking to complete a task compared to the time
allotted, as well as the number of unresolved tasks.
These technologies also provide performance analytics
tools to drill down by team and individual
worker, letting you review one team's performance
compared to another and determine if an adjustment
is necessary. For instance, if scheduled travel times
are unrealistic in a specific geographic area and could
affect a team's performance, you can reassign tasks.
Similarly, team supervisors can monitor individual
performances (using both current and historical data)
and identify perpetual underperformers.
By implementing the correct technology, you can
easily identify problem areas. The benefit of leveraging
data on a daily basis is access to critical analysis
and real-time metrics that create accountability,
which, in turn, enhances efficiency, productivity, and